I’ve been reading a lot of good things about Alibijaban island. Of how over the years this island in the municipality of San Andres, in the southern tip of Quezon province has become a destination of adventurers and budget travelers. Those who are seeking some white pristine beach to escape the stress and traffic of the city.
There are a lot of photos of Alibijaban online, that’s why it’s impossible for every traveler not to wish to experience this island. Good thing when we availed the Burias Island, Masbate tour, there’s a sidetrip to Alibijaban. Yehey!
It was the last one we explored in the two day island hopping. Masbate has been a pleasant surprise, but still it did not make me less excited for Alibijaban.
After hours of boat travel from Masbate, we finally witnessed the island. The boatmen were directed towards the sandbars. It was low tide then, and just like what we experienced in Cagbalete Island (also in Quezon), we got off the boat a few meters before the shore.
By the time we set foot on Alibijaban, Eloi and I just walked along the sandbar simply enjoying the afternoon. The beach was beautiful, white sand and clean water. There were also a lot of mangroves, a sign of good biodiversity.
Although we only explored Alibijaban in one full afternoon before we head back to the main port and go back to Manila, you can actually do an overnight camping like most travelers do. There are also some locals there renting some rooms for tourists.
Just before the sunset, we saw our boatmen waiving, a sign that we need to go back to the boat asap. Without any warning, we all noticed the weather suddenly changed. Dark clouds surrounded us and the waves became bigger.
And what we were all afraid of happened when we boarded and ready to go.
Waves started to smash our boat. Then the engine stopped, and we were left there swaying, enduring the waves. At first we tried to be calm, but we realized the situation was turning to be serious when we felt panic from our boatmen. Yes, that’s the sign!
The boat was stuck on a huge rock hindering us to move forward. Boatmen were roaming around the trying to figure out what to do next. Then one of them, told us (male passengers) to jump off and help in pushing the boat further. Remember, it was low tide, there were parts where anyone could step on some rocks.
I am not a good swimmer so I hurriedly put on the life vest and ready to go. Two male passengers went before me, then when it was my time to get off, the boatman said to me, “Sir, wag na. ok na. kailangan din ng bigat sa bangka.” Uhm. OKAY. LOL!
Not sure if I’m going to be happy or what by what he just said. LOL! Right now I am able to laugh about what happened, but during that time it was really a serious thing.
It was fortunate that by the time some offered to help, the boat was able to move pass the rock and finally we were able to move further.
So the next challenge for them, how are they going to go back to the boat?
We were particularly worried for our friend Joey. Despite the waves, he was able to climb up the outrigger (katig) and crawl back to the boat. Oh man, he was really holding tight when the waves hit!
As we traveled back to the mainland, waves were still big, yet we were calm. Whew! What a way to end our weekend of awesome island hopping and discovering new spots in the country.
It was already dark when we arrived at the port. Joey and our friends agreed to contribute a small amount to give to our boatmen. You know, we owe them our lives for keeping us safe the entire trip. It was just a small thing we could give to thank them
It was really a complete trip – beautiful islands packed with unforgettable adventure.
Alibijaban Island – Travel Guide
How to get to Alibijaban DIY
There are 3 daily trips of Superlines bound to San Andres, Quezon. You may also go there via Lucena. Once you get to the San Andres, ride a tri-bike (padyak) to the Market, then to the port. For Superlines bus schedule to San Andres, check there site here.
There are morning boat ride going to Alibijaban for 40 pesos. These are boats going to and from the island to deliver goods. Once you miss that I’m afraid you need to rent a boat.
For renting a boat, you may contact Randy through the recommendation of a fellow travel blogger Sir Albert of Albert the Backpacker. Randy’s contact details are 0977-370-8487 and 0998-275-8413. Negotiate their services as they can also assist you with exploring the island, snorkeling and a lot more.
Travel Tips and Reminders
- For accommodation, hotels or resort? Alibijaban is a remote island, camping is the way to go on the island. But there are some kubo style accommodation there, you may contact Ate baby at 09093395311 and 09564732056.
- Environmental fee is 100 pesos per person.
- There are a lot of activities and adventures on the island. You may tour the sandbar and mangroves area. It’s a must! You will also enjoy camping and snorkeling.
- Port fee is 4 pesos.
- Island hopping to Burias Island including Animasola, Tinalisayan, Dapa and Sombrero islands.
Alibijaban Island, San Andres, Quezon Map